There are countless reasons your dad may not be eating well from not even knowing how to prepare food or not being mobile enough to shop.” Other reasons range from food costs to depression.
Des Moines, IA (PRWEB) June 11, 2013
With Father’s Day around the corner, there's no better time to ensure aging parents, especially dads living alone, are eating well.
Although the times they are a’changing, in most American households, women still prepare the meals. But if that homemaker has died, or is no longer living in the home, her partner may be fending for himself, and may not be doing a great job of ensuring nutritious meals.
If elderly men are eating at all, chances are good they’re not eating well.
There are a great number of seniors who are “food insecure,” meaning they do not have enough food. With the Baby Boomer Generation reaching their senior years, the number of those malnourished or food insecure is only expected to rise, and any increase would surely be tragic.
According to FeedingAmerica.org, in 2011, 8.4 percent of households with seniors (2.5 million households) did not have enough food. In 2009, nearly nine million people over age 50 lived in food insecure households. In 2009, nearly four million people over age 60 lived in food insecure households.
According to Rick Anderson of Mom’s Meals, “There are countless reasons your dad may not be eating well from not even knowing how to prepare food or not being mobile enough to shop.” Other reasons range from food costs to depression. “But no matter the cause, the results can be devastating,” said Anderson.
A healthy diet offers benefits ranging from increased mental acuteness and resistance to illness and disease to higher levels of energy, a stronger immune system, and faster recuperation time.
Mom’s Meals, a company that prepares and delivers fresh-made meals directly to seniors around the country, offers tips for preventing dad from eating a diet less than optimal for good health.
1. Make it easy to eat well. One of the biggest red flags for dad not eating well is a lack of desire to eat. Eating alone can be among life’s most depressing activities. Providing company or arranging for it with others can help a senior enjoy mealtime.
2. Check for medication side-effects. Medications often cause side effects, and loss of appetite can be one of them. Check with physicians or pharmacists to ensure a proper diet can be maintained while on specific medications.
3. Offer variety. Check the pantry to ensure a variety of offerings at meal times. A lack of variety can signify a decrease in healthy eating. Fill the fridge and pantry with a variety of food options and even check the garbage to ensure meals are not being spent at quick serve restaurants.
4. Offer a solution. If mobility or costs have become an issue, offer to have meals delivered from Mom’s Meals or another food delivery service. Mom’s Meals stay fresh in the fridge for up to 18-days.
Mom’s Meals is dedicated to providing fresh-made, nutritious, home meal delivery to customers nationwide, specializing in senior and patient care for over a dozen years. The company prepares, packages, and ships ready-to-heat and eat meals directly to a customer’s door, delivered anywhere in the United States, including meals for those with heart-healthy, gluten-free, veggie, low carb, Renal, and Diabetic diets.